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3881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why most people don't finish video games on: August 17, 2011, 06:15:43 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2011, 06:12:45 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 17, 2011, 05:54:58 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2011, 05:49:14 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 17, 2011, 05:44:17 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2011, 05:32:57 PM

Television shows, and television in general is being geared towards the generation that watches tv with only half of their attention, since they are doing other stuff at the same time.

Nonsense! TV series have never been as sophisticated and deep as they are these days, sitcoms and similar shows excluded. If you claim otherwise you're just applying selective memory.

Not at all - Quite a lot of shows are based around the idea, that you don't have to watch it all to understand it. Of course, there are exceptions (HBO in general makes these), but take a look at what is shown at primetime every day on the major channels. Its things like "Friends", "Simpsons", reality shows, and other light entertainment shows that offers instant gratification instead of making the viewer pay full attention.

I have a friend who works at TV2 here in Denmark, who says that its something they think about all the time, when planning what shows to show and when to do it.

Of course they do! It's an important part of their job.

Let's put it like this: Most TV series today are made so that you can jump into them at any point and understand what's going on. 15 years ago, ALL series were made that way. Stop wearing those blinds, man!


So, you don't believe that the fact people are online today every second of their lives, through computers or phones, has anything to do with lower attention spans when it comes to for instance entertainment? Or studies?

I never said that. Don't change the subject just because you lost this one. slywink
3882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: August 17, 2011, 06:00:04 PM
I hope those screens are from the 360. While they are considerably better looking than Oblivion, it's going to look a little dated if it looks like that on the PC.
3883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why most people don't finish video games on: August 17, 2011, 05:54:58 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2011, 05:49:14 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 17, 2011, 05:44:17 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2011, 05:32:57 PM

Television shows, and television in general is being geared towards the generation that watches tv with only half of their attention, since they are doing other stuff at the same time.

Nonsense! TV series have never been as sophisticated and deep as they are these days, sitcoms and similar shows excluded. If you claim otherwise you're just applying selective memory.

Not at all - Quite a lot of shows are based around the idea, that you don't have to watch it all to understand it. Of course, there are exceptions (HBO in general makes these), but take a look at what is shown at primetime every day on the major channels. Its things like "Friends", "Simpsons", reality shows, and other light entertainment shows that offers instant gratification instead of making the viewer pay full attention.

I have a friend who works at TV2 here in Denmark, who says that its something they think about all the time, when planning what shows to show and when to do it.

Of course they do! It's an important part of their job.

Let's put it like this: Most TV series today are made so that you can jump into them at any point and understand what's going on. 15 years ago, ALL series were made that way. Stop wearing those blinds, man!
3884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why most people don't finish video games on: August 17, 2011, 05:44:17 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 17, 2011, 05:32:57 PM

Television shows, and television in general is being geared towards the generation that watches tv with only half of their attention, since they are doing other stuff at the same time.

Nonsense! TV series have never been as sophisticated and deep as they are these days, sitcoms and similar shows excluded. If you claim otherwise you're just applying selective memory.
3885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2011, 05:29:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 17, 2011, 05:21:33 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on August 17, 2011, 03:32:36 PM



So what was the original display?

I have no idea, but I could easily imagine this as a placeholder for Kinectimals on the 360. Tongue
3886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why most people don't finish video games on: August 17, 2011, 03:23:43 PM
I remember back when Max Payne was released, one of the shortest games ever (of high quality at least) at the time at its 10 hours. There was a lot of criticism over how short the game was, with many people refusing to buy it because they didn't feel that the short play time was worth their money.

Nowadays Max Payne feels rather lengthy.
3887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu Ray news (bonus! back in theaters too!) on: August 17, 2011, 04:41:05 AM
I've got a high-quality plasma TV with excellent color reproduction, and have also calibrated it with values from expert tuners. I still couldn't see the tint. White looked white to me.
3888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: August 16, 2011, 07:38:54 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 16, 2011, 04:28:58 PM

God, I hate male Shepard so much!  He's the Aquaman of his own Justice League, except Superman, Batman, and Flash are perpetually wowed by his ability to interview trout.

I played through the first Mass Effect as male Shepard because I didn't know any better.  Then I imported him into Mass Effect 2 because I convinced myself he couldn't have been *that* bad compared to FemShep, and I wanted to see how his Paragon story differed from her Renegade actions.

But that's it.  That dude is not going to spoil another story with his blank stares and boring-ass line reads. disgust  FemShep 4 Life!

-Autistic Angel

You can keep your FemShep. I've completed ME1 with both, ME2 with male Shepard and halfway with FemShep. I'd choose male Shepard any day.
3889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: August 16, 2011, 08:14:54 AM

Quote from: ibdoomed on July 21, 2011, 12:07:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 19, 2011, 09:06:44 PM

The thing about the ultra claw is
Spoiler for Hiden:
he decides he needs to make it to break down a wall that he can't reach with the foam, but he has already encountered a bunch of said walls even before he picks up the claw on the first go around. plus when he puts it together the pieces are laying right on top of the chest that I'm pretty sure he got the first claw out of. Maybe they just skipped a bit in the cutscene, or maybe he wasn't paying attention  icon_lol

Spoiler for Hiden:
I see you're point, and that first wall is even in his own "base". I think the parts he grabs are like extra cartridges for the single batclaw, like ammo for lack of a batter analogy.

What I will concede is that, he better not have forgotten it this time around, or that's just stupid. I could see them doing something like: Game opening, minor baddies as a sort of tutorial leading to big boss fight that's mostly scripted so that somehow Batty loses/breaks some toys and has to acquire replacements through the rest of the game. Lame but....

I want the game to have this collection element. The first game was firmly placed in the Metroidvania genre because of it, which I approved of. If the sequel doesn't have this element, I'll be disappointed.
3890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man, its boring being out of work on: August 15, 2011, 09:05:24 AM
Congrats! smile
3891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie\ Austin Powers Will Return on: August 14, 2011, 07:45:57 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 14, 2011, 12:45:30 AM

i liked Austin Powers 3,but it wasn't as good as the first two

I felt that the first and third movies were by far the best, with the second losing steam. Both 1 and 3 have me in stitches every time, while the second only manages to make me chuckle.

Will be keeping an eye on this one.
3892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 13, 2011, 10:56:21 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on August 12, 2011, 10:55:03 PM



Heh, I didn't think it was funny until I noticed it's recursive.  icon_biggrin
3893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS price cut to $169.99 on: August 12, 2011, 05:36:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2011, 09:09:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 11, 2011, 08:57:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 11, 2011, 07:22:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2011, 03:49:22 PM

Don't forget that today is the last day you can "register" for the 20 free Ambassador Program NES and GBA virtual console games.  Apparently in the US all you need to do is at least run the system up date or go to the eShop to be registered.

I would be surprised if this was anything but a communication error. They probably meant to say that anyone who's visited the e-store BY today qualifies. Anything else would just be weird and would cause a massive PR-backlash.

Kinda sleep deprived, but isn't that what EngineNo9 said?

Yeah, that was certainly what I meant, if it wasn't read that way.

I have no idea how I managed to misread that. I must have missed the word "last", partly because I've seen several others making the mistake I thought I was pointing out and sort of brought my own expectations into the mix.  icon_razz
3894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS price cut to $169.99 on: August 11, 2011, 07:22:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2011, 03:49:22 PM

Don't forget that today is the last day you can "register" for the 20 free Ambassador Program NES and GBA virtual console games.  Apparently in the US all you need to do is at least run the system up date or go to the eShop to be registered.

I would be surprised if this was anything but a communication error. They probably meant to say that anyone who's visited the e-store BY today qualifies. Anything else would just be weird and would cause a massive PR-backlash.
3895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: August 11, 2011, 05:04:26 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 11, 2011, 01:37:10 AM

Quote from: TiLT on August 09, 2011, 07:47:45 PM

Destroying IMAX cameras has become a tradition for these movies, it seems. They destroyed one in The Dark Knight too.
I was going to post that exact bit.  so, does that mean there are only 2 of these left now? 

There were only three cameras in the world when they filmed The Dark Knight, leaving two afterwards. I have no idea what has happened since then, but they've probably built more.
3896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: August 09, 2011, 07:47:45 PM
Destroying IMAX cameras has become a tradition for these movies, it seems. They destroyed one in The Dark Knight too.
3897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 06, 2011, 07:42:49 AM

Quote from: Toe on August 06, 2011, 04:19:06 AM



3898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: August 06, 2011, 07:38:29 AM

Quote from: Turtle on August 06, 2011, 05:11:00 AM

Confirmed via Xbox 360 World magazine cover, ME3 has multiplayer.

It's only a separate co-op campaign though.

Que the obligatory people whining over positive new features that add more gameplay and doesn't affect the single player in any way.

I don't think you quite understand how this works. Allow me to explain it to you as someone who has actually worked on a game with both single- and multiplayer features:

Multiplayer almost always reduces the quality of the singleplayer in games. There are two main reasons for this: 1) MP is a hell of a lot more difficult to code than SP, (I can't emphasize this point enough. MP introduces an absolutely incredible amount of headaches and problems) and requires a considerable amount of staff to work on it. This usually means less staff for the SP part. 2) SP and MP usually shares the same code base. MP requires a different approach to balance and game features than what works best for SP. The end result is usually that MP features end up influencing SP features in a negative way for the latter, since MP is seen as "more important".

This kind of thing is practically never just adding a new layer on top of the existing ones. MP weaves itself into every part of the game and the development process, and will leave its shadow hanging over everything else.
3899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 04, 2011, 07:19:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 02, 2011, 01:59:35 AM

As far as requiring an internet connection goes, good for them. The benefit of a more secure game for 99% of its players outweighs...

While I don't have a huge personal problem with the always-on thing (and come on, most people played Diablo 2 on Battle.net anyway, which was the exact same thing in that your characters wouldn't be available offline), I do take issue with the statement quoted above. Always-on doesn't mean a more secure game for the players. It means a more secure game for the publisher. Yes, they want us to believe that it's all for our benefit, but they know just as well as us that it's just marketing speech.
3900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: August 04, 2011, 07:03:26 PM
Ever since Good Old Games started up, it's been much more obvious than before why abandonware was illegal in the first place, now that publishers are able to earn good money on these "abandoned" games.

Ignoring the legality argument for a moment however, I believe the abandonware version of Lands of Lore is just the floppy version. The GoG-version is probably going to be based on the CD release, which featured voiceovers. It's the first game I can remember that featured a big-name actor in one of the lead roles. Patrick Stewart plays King Richard. It's well worth waiting to get those, as I seem to remember that the voices were pretty well done.
3901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons of Dredmor on: August 03, 2011, 11:44:49 AM

Quote from: baelthazar on August 03, 2011, 12:39:40 AM

Quote from: TiLT on July 27, 2011, 07:02:56 PM

VICTORY! I Just killed Lord Dreadmor with a wizard at the default (middle) difficulty level and permadeath. I was level 21 by the end, and my final score was 728212.

The game is a bit too long as it is. In my opinion, a roguelike should take between 5 minutes and 2-4 hours to finish (by dying or winning). This character took about 10 hours, I think. By the time I reached level 9, I was just ready for it to end and rushed down to level 10. I could probably have scored more points if I had been more patient.

Are you using the pyromancer build then?

I used my own, custom build described earlier in this thread. He was a mage with focus on mana regeneration and obvious fireball.
3902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 02, 2011, 11:20:17 PM
To this day I have no idea why Admiral Ackbar and his "It's a trap!" line continues to be a source of entertainment for me. It's one of the big mysteries of the universe.

Oh, and I agree that he should have said something like "It's a wrap!". The joke misses its mark when "snack" doesn't even rhyme with "trap".
3903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: August 02, 2011, 11:16:46 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 02, 2011, 08:24:47 PM

I was hoping for the Lands of Lore games this week frown  I hope they're still coming soon.

Yeah. Every time they release a new (old) game and it's not Lands of Lore, I'm disappointed. I was really hoping they'd get LoL1 out before the end of my vacation too, but it seems I had no such luck. They said it would be weeks. It's now closer to months.
3904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your favourite X-File Episode? on: July 31, 2011, 11:46:01 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 31, 2011, 11:26:43 AM

oh and by the way 20th Century Fox are dicks for putting a montage before the DVD menu pops up and spoils half the stuff in the season

Spoiler for Hiden:
in the montage(at the beginning of each disc menu),it showed Krytek getting shot in the head which was what happened in the last 5 minutes of the season,and as a menu picture it showed Mulder and Scully with Scully's baby

thanks for spoiling that Fox you pricks!!

Yeah, stuff like that is really annoying. You'd think the people who design those menus have no attachment to the material at all. Another good example is in the movie The Descent, where the DVD menus
Spoiler for Hiden:
show the movie's creatures in lots of detail, totally spoiling the surprising direction the movie takes in its second half.
3905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why are Fridays always the SLOWEST days on the Forum on: July 29, 2011, 01:20:04 PM
I beg to differ. Sundays are by far the slowest day of the week.
3906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS price cut to $169.99 on: July 28, 2011, 09:33:53 AM
That's a pretty nice collection of games, several of which I wouldn't mind playing again. smile
3907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 28, 2011, 08:26:22 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 28, 2011, 05:26:25 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on July 28, 2011, 03:16:49 AM

Thanks to TiLt for the invite.   Its a pretty interesting service.  I'm leaning toward subscribing for a month to try it out on the iphone.

I think I would sub up and really like it if I could do something like with Google Music and have it auto make a playlist, or if they team up with pandora and it would build a playlist of random music of the same type. That would be a huge selling point for me anyway. In either case Spotify is awesome though.

Spotify allows you to share playlists, so all you have to do is Google a bit and you should find hundreds of playlists with music you might like.
3908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons of Dredmor on: July 27, 2011, 07:02:56 PM
VICTORY! I Just killed Lord Dreadmor with a wizard at the default (middle) difficulty level and permadeath. I was level 21 by the end, and my final score was 728212.

The game is a bit too long as it is. In my opinion, a roguelike should take between 5 minutes and 2-4 hours to finish (by dying or winning). This character took about 10 hours, I think. By the time I reached level 9, I was just ready for it to end and rushed down to level 10. I could probably have scored more points if I had been more patient.
3909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norway Attacks on: July 27, 2011, 02:31:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 27, 2011, 02:18:28 PM

and here's a bit about the prison Whacko may end up in.

Quote
Individual cells come with an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and various comforts. They measure 12 square meters (130 square feet) and are divided up into units (10 to 12) which share a living room and kitchen, similarly to a students' dormitory.

The windows are not fitted with bars, but thick glass is used instead.

[edit] more photos.

He would never be placed in that prison. He's never going to be able to fit into a social prison environment since the other prisoners will make life hell for him. I'm sure he'll be placed in some kind of solitary cell for most of his sentence.
3910  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The Amy Winehouse Thread on: July 27, 2011, 08:01:44 AM
So the R&P forum has now become the official "people yelling at each other" forum?
3911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 26, 2011, 02:41:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 26, 2011, 02:13:19 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 26, 2011, 02:05:42 PM

Frustratingly I have yet to get any invitations to give out I am totally confused as to why.

ditto, none here either.  I was wondering if it's tied into subscribers to your playlists or how long you've used the application (which for me hasn't been very long), but haven't bothered to do any digging into the matter.

I think paid members get a certain amount of invitations per month (2 IIRC). I've been a paid member for about 2 years now I think, so I had a bunch stored up.

If you like Spotify, please consider subscribing to it. It costs almost nothing compared to what you can get out of it (having access to a huge amount of music while at work or anywhere else you choose to be, streaming through your cell phone, better sound quality, etc) and it supports this kind of thing. Spotify can't survive if everyone's a free user.

As for the free user thing, I'm a bit surprised it's so unrestricted over there. We had it like that for a while too, but right now you only get to stream a certain amount of music per month, and only a certain amount of repetitions of the same song. This is in response to a too large amount of free users compared to what had been expected.
3912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 25, 2011, 05:26:17 PM
I'm back from vacation now, so invites will be sent out much quicker after anyone PMs me. Don't be shy. I've still got 27 invites left. smile
3913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons of Dredmor on: July 22, 2011, 08:04:51 PM
After my first three characters, all of who were melee characters, I finally decided to try a pure mage. His skills are Staff-fighting, Mathemagic, Astrology, Promethean Magic, Magic Training, Blood Magic and Ley Lines. He's currently level 10 and very specialized, focusing on massive damage with his fireballs as well as strong magic power and mana regeneration through Blood Magic, Magic Training and Ley Lines. He's incredibly dangerous. I'm on level 4 and churning through opposition like it's butter. I'm actually looking forward to monster zoos (the last one I encountered I cleaned out in about 6-7 turns). Mana is almost never a problem. I can fire off several fireballs upon entering a room, and by the time I leave it I'm fully recharged. I've only drunk one or two mana restoration drinks, as most of the time I don't really need them. I've focused my items on these skills as well, with particular attention to mana regeneration. It's at a level now where killing one single enemy will cause me to regenerate 1 mana every turn for 10 turns. Even if I haven't just killed an enemy, I still regenerate 1 mana every other turn. It's insane!

I'm sort of dreading going back to a melee character now, but I suppose I'll have to once this guy dies (or wins. Yeah, right!). My next character will be a rogue of some kind. 
3914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norway attacks on: July 22, 2011, 07:48:42 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 22, 2011, 07:41:16 PM

I hope Tilt is okay... Man, this is bad.

I also hope they quickly find out why this happened!

Thanks for the concern! I don't live in Oslo (dreadful city IMO) and I'm not even in Norway right now anyway.
3915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 21, 2011, 03:30:26 PM
For anyone who needs invites, I've got nearly 30 of them. Just send me a PM (and include your email address. This is important!) and I'll send an invite your way. It might take up to 24 hours though, since I'm on vacation and only get access to the Internet once a day.
3916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons of Dredmor on: July 20, 2011, 05:31:53 PM
Yeah, restarting is a bit silly in this game as you're going to die anyway. See how far you can go with your "flawed" build. That's part of the fun, and when you start over with your "improved" character, it'll feel more satisfying.

In other news, here I was, minding my own business. I had just gotten down to level 2 and was struggling a little with my barbarian/viking build. I mean, he was doing well, but he wasn't kicking total ass. Then I stumbled upon a zoo as one of the first things to happen on that dungeon level. Oh great, I thought. Another 50 monsters to kill. I guess I can handle this. Then I looked at the monster counter.

150 fricking monsters in one room! Many of them were bosses that would have been challenging or outright deadly if encountered alone. I ran for my life, killing what I could as I escaped towards the stairs. Madness!

I'm sort of hoping that zoos will be a toggle in a later patch. I mean, they are fun and all, but they are also a bit tedious since it takes a while to plow through all the enemies.
3917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox reveal next year?(and Timesplitters 4 for next gen) on: July 18, 2011, 12:30:11 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 18, 2011, 12:25:58 AM

does AMD know something, or are they simply talking out of their asses?

Quote
Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor will be capable of graphical detail level with James Cameron's movie Avatar, according to hardware giant AMD.

Click to view larger image Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine US, director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison wouldn't outright confirm the tech firm's working on the new Xbox, but did state that gamers 'have a lot to be excited about'.

Robison claimed the A.I. and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto to have a 'totally individual mentality,' meaning no more mob mentality - 'every NPC will actually be an individual character'.

The bolded part pretty much proves that they're talking out of their asses. Each frame of CGI in a movie like Avatar can take hours to render for a very powerful computer, from what I understand. To even begin to pretend that the next Microsoft console will be able to do so in real time is just... well, let's just say that it's silly and leave it at that.
3918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: July 17, 2011, 11:47:51 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 17, 2011, 11:39:24 PM

what? Care to explain this because I have no idea what you're inferring here. If you're suggesting the first game allowed you to regen hp in the dungeon you are wrong.

Okay, sorry. I'll stop overestimating you. Let me bold the important parts of the quoted segment for you:

Quote from: TiLT on July 15, 2011, 10:05:46 AM

Quote from: jersoc on July 15, 2011, 07:37:49 AM

Quote from: TiLT on July 14, 2011, 11:20:42 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 14, 2011, 07:36:01 PM

and how's that different from the first game?

If you read the quote, you'll see that enemies not only respawn when you visit a bonfire, but they actually get tougher and more aggressive.

so don't? they didnt even have something like that in the first game and I and everyone else did just fine.

It would have been so nice if you actually read the part of your post that I quoted. Instead you ended up just contradicting your own argument and agreeing with my point. Thanks.

Summarized:

A) This isn't any different from before.
B) Here's how it is different.
A) This is completely different from before, which proves you are wrong.
3919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 17, 2011, 11:24:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 17, 2011, 11:19:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 17, 2011, 11:16:04 PM

It looks to me like they are using prosthetics for their fingers. At least the awkward sword grip in Thorin's picture indicate this, and the fingers look sort of "wrong".

that might have more to do with the big honkin ring on his finger.

That was my first thought too, but the more I looked at the picture, the more convinced I was that prosthetics are involved. The fingers look too large and sort of off for the actor. It's not like it's the first time they do this kind of thing either. John Rhys-Davies was covered in prosthetics in LOTR (which it turned out he was allergic to, leading to lots of pain and suffering), and even something as simple as Gandalf's nose was made bigger that way.
3920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 17, 2011, 11:16:04 PM
It looks to me like they are using prosthetics for their fingers. At least the awkward sword grip in Thorin's picture indicate this, and the fingers look sort of "wrong".
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